Looking for a job?
Yeah, me too. My time as your Young & Free Maine Spokester is nearly over. I've got about a month left and I'm currently kicking my job-hunt into over drive.
Job-hunting is not for the faint of heart. It takes a lot out of me and there are surely more rejections than I'd prefer.
Focus on quality over quantity
It's easy to send out mass emails to employers but those emails tend to not turn into interviews or job offers. Rather than sending out emails willy-nilly, respond to specific job listings with the exact materials the employer has requested. For example some companies may request a cover letter, resume, references, portfolio, or writing samples.
Any job-hunt can start draining you but don’t give up! Make a habit of reaching out to potential employers every week. An article from Forbes suggests calling or emailing companies on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Why you ask? Because often times Mondays people are busy playing catch up and Fridays everyone is gearing up for the weekend.
Clean up your online presence
It’s always great to start cleaning things up with Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram by not only changing your privacy settings but taking down any questionable post or picture. Remember, if you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see it probably shouldn’t be online.
Then follow up by Google searching yourself to make sure your online presence represents you well to potential employers.
Track everyone you’ve talked to during your job-hunt. Right now I have working excel file to track the name of the company I applied, the position, the person to talk to, and when I applied. This also helps to remind me when I need to follow up with people.
Hope this helps everyone out there in the same boat as me!